Homicide suspect arrested at the U.S. – Mexico border

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A man was arrested in connection to a 2019 homicide after he tried to cross the U.S. – Mexico border. 

According to the Hayward Police Department, Emmanuel Padilla Maciel was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection last Thursday when he entered the U.S. from Mexico. 

A record check revealed he has an outstanding warrant for his arrest. 

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged Padilla Maciel with murder and he was booked into the HPD jail. 

Anyone with further information about this homicide is asked to contact Detective Navas at 510-293-7176

On September 7, 2019, around 4:45 p.m., HPD officers received a report of a shooting in Santa Clara Way. At the scene, police found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. 

Later, emergency medical crews pronounced the victim deceased. 

The victim was identified as John Creech Jr., 20, from Hayward. 

Detectives who worked on the case determined Padilla Maciel as their prime suspect. 

HPD requested an arrest warrant in June 2022, and the request was granted. A second warrant was issued by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office on Feb. 23, 2023. That warrant was still active when Padilla Maciel attempted to cross the border into the U.S.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.